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Just What the Doctor Ordered: Biotech’s Improved Apple

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There’s a lot of buzz right now over the new “Arctic Apple,” genetically engineered to resist browning due to cutting, biting and bruising.   The Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) are exactly like a conventional apple in every way, except for its improved trait, that will – hopefully – increase apple consumption and popularity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) recently Read More >

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Biotech Food Labeling: Can Common Sense Prevail in Congress?

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Terry Wanzek, North Dakota State Senator and farmer wrote an editorial for Truth About Trade & Technology about the continuing biotech labeling debate and efforts to inject anti-technology legislation into the Farm Bill: “The U.S. Senate wisely voted down a bad amendment to the Farm Bill last week, meaning that consumers won’t see their food bills skyrocket for no worthwhile reason.  So that’s good news.  Yet this is Washington, D.C., where the threat of harmful Read More >

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AMA: “No Scientific Justification for Special Labeling of Bioengineered Foods”

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Concurrent to the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston, the American Medical Association (AMA) is hosting its 161st annual meeting in Chicago during which the group discussed the issue of mandatory labeling of biotech food products.  During the AMA meeting, the AMA House of Delegates adopted a formal statement in opposition to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered, or bioengineered, foods. (Note: the organization did not consider or take a position on the California food Read More >

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Delicious Irony: What If Biotech Crops Actually Helped Organic?

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A lot has been written about the “battle” between biotech and organic.  Organic proponents claim biotech is a big evil – complicated technology invented by large-scale corporate agriculture to takeover farming as we know it.  Meanwhile, biotech proponents struggle to explain the science, promote the technology’ benefits and promises, and insist that biotech is key to feeding the world. Hank Campbell of Science2.0 and Alex Berezow of RealClearScience put a new spin on this debate Read More >

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Why Biotech Food Labeling Is Met with Resistance

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In recent weeks, there’s been a lot of new discussion around the biotech labeling debate.  On May 10, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) released its latest “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology” survey, which showed that very few Americans cite biotechnology as an information need on food labels. Earlier this month, the California Right to Know initiative announced at various rallies held around the state that it had collected the prerequisite number of signatures to Read More >

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